As I sit at the pool on this almost 90 degree-day, the sounds of this summer are very different and it seems so very strange. Change is on the horizon though as we will be adding family swimming to the mix starting next weekend. We know many of you have been looking forward to this for a very long time and we appreciate your patience as we sought permission from King County and the State of Washington.
This new schedule will begin to be implemented August 1st, and be fully in effect August 5th, after swim team has concluded. The Omnify system will go live with all of these revisions starting on Monday, July 27th at 9am.
This will likely be the schedule moving forward, at least for the next few weeks, but we will be monitoring and adjusting as necessary. Please keep in mind that these changes have been developed to provide as much opportunity to as many members as possible.
So what’s new in this schedule? First, after submitting our plans for Family Swim to the state, we are pleased to be able to provide opportunities beyond lap swimming. This will look nothing like the “open” Family Swim time of past seasons, and still must be controlled and regulated in order to meet current Public Health Guidance. We will have the opportunity for families, especially with younger ones, to finally take a dip in the pool. If you would like to add family members to your omnify account, email Julie and she will add them for you (more information on this at the end of the email).
The Family Swim time will allow for two household groups to reserve a designated section of the pool in the baby end and shallow end. The state guidelines require that we limit each group to five people. Similar to the way we initially restricted lap swimming, there will be a cap of one Family Swim reservation per week per family, with one more additional “day of” swim per week as availability permits. The system will not restrict this but we will be monitoring reservations and cancelling swims if needed.
We also require that you adhere to our double diaper policy if you are bringing a child that is not completely potty trained. Any situation where the pool would have to close because of an AFR (accidental fecal release) would create a big mess both figuratively and literally. Please be well prepared ahead of time and have both a swim diaper and diaper cover before coming to the pool as we are not selling them out of the office this year.
Families with kids may bring their own pool toys with them; however, inner tubes, air mattresses, floaties and noodles will not be permitted. Please keep the toys small and the number to a minimum. If you have any question as to whether or not a toy is appropriate don’t hesitate to ask. All toys need to remain in your family’s reservation area and be taken home when you leave.
The Open Lap Swim will be provided at the same time as the Family Swim. There will be 6 lap lanes in the south end of the pool and one walking lane (lane 7). We felt we needed to keep the 8th lane empty as a buffer for maintaining social distancing. Both the shorter lanes (7 & 8) will still be available at Adult Lap times.
This Open Lap Swim during Family Swims will not have the age restriction currently in place for Adult Lap swim. While anyone may still sign up for these times, we will continue to allow only one swimmer per lane in accordance with Public Health guidelines. Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards continuously and all swimmers 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult who sits at the end of the lane, wearing a mask, during the swim. Chairs will be provided.
Adult Lap Swim remains unchanged. It is still designated as 16 and up, one swimmer per lane with six full lanes and two walking lanes.
Members may continue to reserve two swims per week across Open and Adult Lap Swim as well as sign up for “day of” as availability permits.
If you have not yet visited the pool this season please keep in mind the following:
Wearing a mask at the pool when you are not in the water is REQUIRED (Children 5 and under are not required to wear a mask).
Maintaining social distance at the facility at all times is imperative.
Swim reservations start and end promptly on schedule. You need to be on your way out the door at the end of your swim time so that we have time to sanitize prior to the next reservation time.
To maximize opportunities for members, lessons, private lessons, guests, parties and rentals have been suspended for the season.
Locker rooms are only available for restroom and handwashing use (Plan on arriving and leaving in your suit).
Outdoor showers are available (we have 3).
Flippers, and pull buoys will not be provided, you may bring your own.
The diving board, basketball hoop, pool toys, goggle box, and Ping-Pong Table are not available.
The water fountains are closed, but the bottle filler is operational.
Chairs, lounges, the grills, and tables are not accessible.
The upper deck is closed.
We know this is a lot of information and to help navigate this we have developed the following charts and diagrams.
Thank you for your continued support, cooperation and understanding with all this craziness!
Family Swim – Pool Configuration
We are sharing this again as many people still seem unaware but we have had some issues with members adding their own family members on Omnify. You will need to contact Julie if you want to add family members to your account. A reminder that only individuals living in your household can be added as family members to your account.
To add a family member to your account email Julie the name(s) of the family member(s) you would like to add to your account.
WW Omnify Reservation Site: Here is the link that will take you directly to the scheduling page on omnify: https://wwpool.getomnify.com/#!/schedules/\
One request, with such a limited number of swims available please remember to cancel your swim if you won’t be showing up. If you don’t know how to cancel and/or have any questions about reservation issues that come up please contact Julie!
Swim reservation manager
Wedgwood Swim Club